299 Central Ave., Albany, 433-2658. Traditional Chinese
fare (with some Japanese items) including fresh seafood and
daily specials in this successor to the defunct Ocean Palace.
Serving Mon-Thu 11-10:30, Fri 11-11:30, Sat 11:30-11:30, Sun
11:30-10. D, MC, V.
371 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0312, saratogamaestros.com.
Chef-owner John LaPosta brings his culinary excellence to
a charming venue in which you can sample his flair with meats
and fish, bread and charcuterie. Serving lunch daily
11:30-3, dinner daily 5-9:30. AE, D, MC, V.
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant, Jenifer House Commons,
420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8282.
Owner Gary Happ offers classic pub fare in a pleasantly rustic
setting. Soups, desserts and many other items are made from
scratch. House-brewed ales are a must. Serving 11:30 to 9:30
Sun-Thu; 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V.
My Way Café, Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196, mywaycafe.com.
Chef-owner John Bove celebrates a quarter century at this
Saratoga-area gem, where the Italian specialties range from
a perfect pasta carbonara to excellent Tuscan-style grilled
sirloin. Serving daily 4-close during racing season; Tue-Sun
4-close otherwise. AE, D, MC, V.
Madalin’s Table, 53 Broadway, Tivoli, (845) 757-2100.
Chef Brian Kaywork does virtuoso work with local ingredients
at this elegant but casual hotel, where the people watching
can be as intriguing as dinner itself. Serving dinner Wed-Sun
from 5 until closing. AE, MC, V.
Prime at Saratoga National, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs,
583-4653, ext. 609. Big steaks and seafood are the watchword
here, in a handsome dining room or overlooking the golf course
on the veranda. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4, dinner daily
5:30-10; veranda menu daily 4-11; Sunday brunch 10-2. AE,
D, MC, V.
112 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-6663. Excellent, reasonably
priced Mexican fare with an Oaxacan heart (try the pollo con
Oaxacan mole) and a comfortable place to enjoy a margarita.
Serving dinner Tue-Thu, Sun 5-9; Fri-Sat 5-10. Brunch Sat
11:30-3, Sun 9-3. MC, V.
Ristorante, 556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952. A well-earned
22 years of offering a good mix of Northern and Southern Italian
fare, in a comfortable restaurant (with an outdoor deck) with
excellent service. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner
Tue-Sun 5-10. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V.